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As a long-time wheel gun guy who is looking to purchase his first auto loader, I would love to hear what you guys think about the Hi-Power. I have been lusting over several m1911A products that are on the market, but what about the Master's other creation...especially in a .40 SW?
 

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Cannot speak to the .40, but have a Hi-Power in 9mm. Other than a set of Hogue grips, and an ambi-safety, is pretty much stock. If a S&W Mdl 10 fits your hand, it will fit. Digests factory or handload ammo without a hiccup, more accurate than I am. Field strips in 20 seconds. John Browning looked at the 1911, and said "Hmm- ya know, I think I could do better.....".:D Of course, IS a single action, has a magazine safety, which some folks don't like- but IMNSHO, you could do a lot worse. 14 rds of 9mm in a fairly compact package.
 

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You can get a good 1911 for less than a High Power. Either way though, you can't go wrong with either of the Browning children.
 

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P-35, High Power, GP. Fine weapons. Feel very nice in the hand. Perhaps a "dated" design ( Oh, I will get flamed for that one). Magazine disconnector. Hammer bite with standard spur hammer (and big hands). Commonly referred to (by 1911 types as the Half Power in 9mm or 3/4 power in .40)

For the $'s, I think I would get a CZ-75 or clone and a case or two of ammo.
 

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Late to the party, but . . .

I have both and I recommend the Hi-Power as the most reliable, most elegant, and finer of the pistols. The 1911 (when it works) is more bang-bang fun.
 

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You will not go wrong with a Hi Power. There are certainly more modern 9mm platforms out there, but the Hi Power is a true classic. It was designed for the caliber.
 

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Legendary pistol. Remove the magazine disconnector and it will feel like you just had a nice trigger job done.

If you get an older model, track down an extended safety for it. The tiny little dimple safety they came with is worthless. One of the "made in Belgium, assembled in Portugal" versions will have the extended safety.
 
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